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Nursing Care at the End of Life: What Every Clinician Should Know

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Susan E. Lowey, SUNY, Brockport

Copyright Year: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781942341192

Publisher: Open SUNY

Language: English

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Reviewed by Marty (Martha) Fabian-Krause, RNBS, Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Rogue Community College on 11/29/22

From history, definitions, trajectories, stages of death, hospice and palliative care , interpersonal communication nurse to patient, symptom management, bereavement, this text is very thorough and progressive. read more

Reviewed by Nicole Trainer, Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, The George Washington University on 1/31/22

The book is very comprehensive and provides all details a novice nurse needs to know without overcomplicating the clinical situation. read more

Reviewed by Laura Mallett, Assistant Director of Nursing, Neosho County Community College on 6/3/21

The book covers all areas of the End of LIfe that a clinician should be aware of. The information would be good for novice nurses. read more

Reviewed by Linda Mollino, Director of CTE Program, Oregon Coast Community College on 1/11/21

Overall, this book provided a comprehensive look at the role of nursing care in end-of-life care. Much of the content is presented in a detailed format and presented at a level that an undergraduate nursing student would understand and apply the... read more

Reviewed by Thomas Dombrowsky, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington on 2/19/20

The book addresses all the major areas of end of life care. I would have liked to see more specifics about symptom relief and about non-pharmaceutical methods for addressing pain. read more

Reviewed by Lisa Kuppler-Lee, Nursing Faculty, Radford University Carilion on 2/14/20

The on-line book is very informative on most aspects of "end-of-life-care" (ELOC). Unfortunately, it provides minimal information regarding Advanced Directives and Healthcare Power of Attorney. These two issues are becoming more of a problem in... read more

Reviewed by Laurie Schroder, Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University on 10/6/19

The text is comprehensive in its scope but only touches on many topics which would benefit from more depth, such as ancillary pain treatments and assessment tools utilized with patients. While the author is obviously knowledgeable about the topics... read more

Reviewed by Monica Schibig, Associate Clinical Professor, University of Missouri on 1/15/19

This text does a respectable job of including all the key elements for one's understanding of end of life care (EOLC) issues. Some information on the basics of the legal side of EOLC would be helpful. Part of the discussion surrounding EOLC is... read more

Reviewed by Patricia Drees, Assistant Professor, Fort Hays State University on 11/29/18

There is no index at the end of the work. There is a list of websites that can be used as resources for further reading. The topic is covered logically and groups the subtopic by when these topics occur in the life and death experience. read more

Reviewed by Sandra S. Lee, PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, University of Houston on 5/21/18

The book addresses all areas of end-of-life care, starting with history, frameworks, and models of care. The middle section sufficiently covers the symptoms and corresponding interventions that a hospice nurse would most commonly encounter in the... read more

Reviewed by Nancyruth Leibold, Associate Professor, Southwest Minnesota State University on 2/1/18

Nursing Care at the End of Life: What Every Clinician Should Know is a comprehensive book about caring for patients and families at the end of life. All areas and ideas related to nursing care at the end of life are included. A Table of Contents... read more

Reviewed by Dawn Cullison, Assistant Professor, Reynolds Community College Richmond, Virginia on 2/8/17

This book is very comprehensive and the author's scaffolding of foundational to more complex concepts yields a very thorough and yet concise understanding of the content. read more

Reviewed by Cindy Yascavage, Instructor, Temple University on 8/21/16

The text is comprehensive and appropriately provides a basic understanding of terms of a difficult topic for care givers. read more

Reviewed by Michael Torguson, MS, MA, Bioethicist; Past Chair for Education & Policy - Ethics Committee, Rogue Valley Medical Center (Medford, Oregon) on 8/21/16

Health Care is - by definition - a profession that is focused on preventing the end of life. This text aims to guide health care providers through the inevitable process that all patients will experience, divided into stages of care: Anticipation,... read more

Reviewed by Tina Davis, Health Faculty, Lane Community College on 8/21/16

This book is very comprehensive in its coverage of the topics of nursing at the end of life. And although the book does not include a separate index or glossary, it does provide plenty of terms and definitions within the text in a thoughtful and... read more

Table of Contents

Part I. Anticipation

  • 1. A Historical Overview of End-of-Life Care
  • 2. Types and Variability within Illness Trajectories
  • 3. Conceptual Frameworks Guiding Death & Dying
  • 4. Models of Organized End-of-Life Care: Palliative Care vs. Hospice
  • 5. Initiating Conversations about Goals of Care

Part II. In the Moment

  • 6. Management of Pain and Physical Symptoms
  • 7. Management of Emotional and Spiritual Distress
  • 8. Ethical Concerns in End-of-Life Care
  • 9. Care at the Time of Death
  • 10. Nurse–Patient–Family Communication

Part III. Afterwards

  • 11. Diversity in Dying: Death across Cultures
  • 12. Grief and Bereavement

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  • About the Book

    Nursing Care at the End of Life: What Every Clinician Should Know should be an essential component of basic educational preparation for the professional registered nurse student. Recent studies show that only one in four nurses feel confident in caring for dying patients and their families and less than 2% of overall content in nursing textbooks is related to end-of-life care, despite the tremendous growth in palliative and end-of-life care programs across the country. The purpose of this textbook is to provide an indepth look at death and dying in this country, including the vital role of the nurse in assisting patients and families along the journey towards the end of life. There is an emphasis throughout the book on the simple, yet understated value of effective interpersonal communication between the patient and clinician. The text provides a basic foundation of understanding death and dying, including a brief historical examination of some main conceptual models associated with how patients cope with impending loss. An overview of illness trajectories and models of care, such as hospice and palliative care are discussed. Lastly, the latest evidence-based approaches for pain and symptom management, ethical concerns, cultural considerations, care at the time of death, and grief/bereavement are examined. The goal of this text is to foster the necessary skills for nurses to provide compassionate care to individuals who are nearing the end of life and their families. Every chapter contains a “What You Should Know” section which highlights and reinforces foundational concepts.

    About the Contributors


    Dr. Susan Lowey works with both juniors and seniors in the traditional Nursing program, teaching Community Health Nursing and Nursing Research at SUNY, Brockport. She earned her PhD in Health Practice Research from the University of Rochester and was awarded a Claire M. Fagin Fellowship from the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program for her post-doctoral work. Improving care at the end of life, with a particular focus on symptom management, is the focus of Dr. Lowey’s research. The majority of her clinical practice has been as a community health hospice nurse providing care for dying patients and their loved ones.

    Dr. Lowey holds national certification as a board certified hospice and palliative care nurse (CHPN) through the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. In addition, she is a certified ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium) trainer (Core and Geriatric). She is also an appointed member of the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses Registered Nurse Examination Development Committee and holds another appointment as the ESPO Representative on the Membership Executive Committee through the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Lowey also serves as one of the faculty representatives for Omicron Beta, Brockport’s Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

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